Daily Archives: 2018-01-17

Charles Chong’s million-dollar surplus claim in General Election 2015

I chuckled a fair bit when it was announced that Deputy Speaker, Charles Chong was made to be Chairman of the Select Committee to look into the matter of deliberate falsehoods in Singapore. Not because of the 64 year-old veteran politician being inexperienced or unqualified for the task but because of a controversy that he was involved in during the …

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AWARE calls for a budget for gender equality

Gender equality group AWARE submitted its eighth annual set of recommendations for the National Budget through the public consultation portal REACH on 12 January, calling for the Government to take concrete steps in ending gender inequality. “It’s time to dedicate resources to a specific office - perhaps even a Ministry - tasked with achieving gender equality,” said Jolene Tan, AWARE’s …

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Discrepancies between CPF Minimum Sum increase vs inflation rates?

by Vincent Low A recent update on CPF website shows that the new Minimum Sum (now called "Full Requirement Sum") is set at $181,000 for those who turned 55 in the year 2020. According to Ministry of Manpower (MOM) website, it said that the CPF is a "key pillar of Singapore's comprehensive social security system". It further explained why the …

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SPF warns public of phishing website seeking to obtain sensitive personal data

Singapore Police Force (SPF) released a warning on Tuesday (16 January) on phishing websites after responding to SMSes (Short Message Service) that were purportedly sent by United Overseas Bank. It stated in a Facebook post that the Police have received reports where victims were cheated into providing their personal information and credit card details on the websites. The victims later …

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URA releases flash estimate of price index for private residential property

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has released the flash estimate of the price index for private residential property for the fourth quarter of 2017. Overall, URA stated that the private residential property index increased 1.0 point from 137.6 points in third quarter of 2017 to 138.6 points in fourth quarter of 2017, which represents an increase of 0.7 percent, same …

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More arrested for oil heist and additional charges filed

The authorities have earlier brought additional charges on Monday (15 January) against nine Singaporeans who were behind the multimillion-dollar fuel oil heist at Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery. According to Today Online, there were more suspects who have been arrested in relation to the case, totalling to at least 20 people. 14 people, 11 Singaporeans and three Vietnamese nationals, have been charged, …

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HDB: 700 cases of dislodged tiles in the first half of January

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) announced that there are 700 cases of dislodged tiles in the first half of January, with more than half of the cases involving tiles installed by the HDB. The spokesperson for the board stated that the number of cases reported is "consistent with the experience of previous years, where there tends to be a higher number …

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2018 MOE Kindergarten open house and registration exercise

Ministry of Education (MOE) has announced that a total of 24 MOE Kindergartens (MKs) will be participating in this year’s MK registration exercise for K1 admission in 2019. Among the 24 kindergartens, 13 will be conducting the registration exercise on 24 and 26 February 2018, while the other 11 MKs will be doing so on 3 and 5 March 2018. …

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